Sam Simmonds helps rusty Exeter beat Gloucester to maintain perfect start

  • Exeter 28-20 Gloucester
  • Simmonds scores twice in second half to earn bonus point

Exeter maintained a perfect start to the defence of their Gallagher Premiership crown despite a far from a perfect display in a 28-20 victory over Gloucester.

A Covid-19 outbreak had meant Exeter were unable to face Toulouse in the Heineken Champions Cup last weekend and resulted in a longer-than-expected Christmas break. Perhaps it was no surprise then that the Chiefs showed rust here. They were particularly poor in the first half but improved in the second to record a fourth straight bonus-point win. Tries came from Jonny Gray, Ollie Devoto and a Sam Simmonds brace. Joe Simmonds kicked the rest of the points. Both Gloucester’s tries came from Toby Venner, but they were eventually outgunned.

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